Mar/Apr 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 2 FictionMarch 1, 2016 |

Nearly Everybody Reads the Bulletin

After college, in the '80s, Cecile remained in West Philly and Saul leased a studio in Center City, and they walked back and forth all night on the Walnut Street Bridge, comparing their sex lives. Saul was in the closet then—not to her, of course, but to the world—and his trysts were laden with shame and squalor: quick gropes in alleys and stairwells with men who were missing teeth, or with married commuters, or with UPS drivers, because who can resist those little brown shorts? No matter how down and dirty Cecile would feel, creeping home at dawn in a borrowed Springsteen T-shirt, Saul would sink lower. All the white lights shined on the brown Schuylkill as the two of them laughed and laughed until it was morning and they went for omelets at the Commissary, a fancy cafeteria that has since been shut down. Cecile moved only once since then, in her late twenties, from West Philly to Center City. She took a rent-controlled flat on Delancey, the ground floor of an old row home,

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Katherine Karlin’s fiction has appeared in Cincinnati Review, One Story, [PANK], Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other journals. Her work has been selected for the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies. Her short story collection, Send Me Work, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2011 and received the Balcones Fiction Prize. She lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

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